Thank goodness: 4 FHE ideas on gratitude


When you sit down to Thanksgiving dinner, it can be easy to forget the reason for the holiday as you heap mashed potatoes onto your plate. This year, try to focus on the true message of Thanksgiving before the green bean casserole turns your head. Use the Monday nights in November to teach your family the importance of gratitude. Here are four ideas that will make you grateful for FHE:


1. The 500 list

As a family, take the challenge to write a list of 500 things you are grateful for. And be thankful for creativity because around 375, the game gets tricky. If this is too difficult for one night, keep the list going throughout November.


2. Mormon Messages

Turn off the Disney channel and turn on the Mormon channel. The LDS Church provides thoughtful Mormon Messages about the importance of being grateful for all things great and small. Here are two of our favorites: “Thanksgiving Daily” and In the Spirit of Thanksgiving.

3. Scripture power

The scriptures are filled with stories of gratitude. Pass the scriptures around to each family member and try to find (and mark) examples of gratitude. Here are a few for starters: Luke 17:11-19, 1 Timothy 4:4, Colossians 4:2 and Doctrine  Covenants 136:28.


4. “Give said the little stream”

On the Monday before Thanksgiving, think of a family who might be in need of some extra help during the holiday season. Then, you can collect gifts, food or even just notes to be delivered to the family. This small act of service will have you “singing, singing all the day.”


Kylee Norton studied English literature at Utah State University. While completing her master's degree, she taught freshmen and sophomore English courses. Since graduating, she has worked as an editorial intern in Los Angeles, a copy writer, and an associate editor for Bennett Communications. She can usually be found with her nose in a book or making adventurous travel plans. She currently lives in Riverton with her husband and daughter.

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